Monday, September 30, 2013

Happy Feet

Is there anything as blissful as a new pair of socks? Not in my book. Especially when those new socks are super stylish in fun patterns and bright colors. I just discovered JoJo Sox and they totally fit the bill. But get this... they're made especially for boots! Yes, sort of like Bootights but boot socks (or should I say "sox"). You're welcome.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Blogging Buds

Julie of Julie Leah: A Lifestyle Blog and I have never met in person and honestly just took our relationship to the email level a few months ago, yet I feel like I've known her for years! Maybe it's her sweet personality or her mutual love for monograms and pink, possibly even her adorable little fur ball seen all over Instagram? Regardless I'm so happy to have this stylish blog friend on the Piqued PR blog today! 

Why did you decide to start blogging?
When I started my first real job after college, I was seeking a creative outlet. One of my best friends suggested that I start a blog. As I kept writing, I found that my blog became an integral part of my everyday routine. As time went on my blog continued to grow and evolve and I started making connections with other bloggers (some of whom have become close friends) and brands – I truly can’t imagine my life without my blog now.

How did you choose the name for your blog?
My blog originally started as Brown Eyed Belle. After blogging for about three years, I decided that my blog’s name didn’t really reflect the mission and brand of my blog. I was using “Julie Leah” on all my social media outlets, so it seemed like an obvious choice to have that reflected in my blog – and I like consistency. I felt like using my name in my blog title was an accurate reflection of what my blog was about – the things I love and the things that inspire me. I didn’t want to be locked into a name that I thought I would outgrow again.

What motivates you to keep blogging?
The connections and relationships that I’ve made over the last (almost) four years certainly keep me motivated. The response from my readers – comments, emails, tweets – gives me encouragement every day to continue creating unique, exciting content that they enjoy. Honestly, the beauty and inspiration that I find every day (on other blogs, on pinterest, on Instagram, etc) are two of the main things that motivate me. As long as I’m finding things and creating things that I just have to share with my readers, my motivation is limitless!

What are some qualities you believe a blogger needs to posses?
A unique voice, genuine interest in your readers, a passion for writing or photography – depending on the focus of your blog. I think you have to want to connect with your readers – respond to their comments, questions, tweets, etc. If your readers know you care, it means more than you even realize. The most important, in my opinion, is creating unique content. I can’t stress how important it is to be yourself and never copy from other bloggers. And know how to say “no.” Never commit to a collaboration or partnership that doesn’t feel right or reflect your blog’s mission. You will be surprised the opportunities that will present themselves because you were selective – I promise!

What do you consider your greatest success?
At this point in my life, graduate school is my biggest success. I was very burnt out when I finished my undergraduate degree. It would’ve been easy for me to throw up my hands and be done. I’m so thankful now that I had people pushing me and encouraging me along the way. It’s opened so many doors that wouldn’t have been opened had I not stuck it out for a couple more years!

What’s your social media outlet of choice and why?
Instagram is definitely my social media outlet of choice. I love being able to share little snippets of my life and interact with my readers and followers in a unique way that I can’t on my blog. The possibilities are endless with Instagram! (Pinterest is a close second!)

Thanks Julie! Be sure to read Brown Eyed Belle and follow along with Julie's social updates.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Emmy Fashion

Let's talk Emmy fashion, because every girl loves an excuse for a gown (or to gawk at one). I don't know about you, but I thought the styles were pretty tame. Come to think of it I don't think anyone was dressed particularly awful and outlandish, Wait, I take that back... what was Lena Dunham wearing?!

My favorites above were chosen for their sophisticated hues, figure flattering silhouette and a point for finding a way to rock the crop top trend of the moment on the red carpet (and doing it well). What were your favorite looks?

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Blogging Buds

I originally found Emily of The Sweetest Thing through Instagram, stalking her feminine with a hint of preppy style from afar. Not only do I admire her style and her flowing mane (can I have her hair, please?) but also her sweet personality. Find out how her blog got it's name, hint it's one of my favorite songs and more below.

Why did you decide to start blogging? 
Actually I started blogging as a way to share with my family and friends what John and I were up to when we moved away for medical school (him) and got engaged. I realize Facebook is good for that but I am not a big status person so I enjoyed the blog because I could write a couple of paragraphs of what we did that weekend and show a few photos. It also served as a creative outlet since I was stressed with my first ‘big girl’ job and wedding planning.
How did you choose the name for your blog? 
It’s a song by U2. It says, “a blue eyed boy met a brown eyed girl, oh oh, The Sweetest Thing!” (we fit that description!)
What motivates you to keep blogging? 
Personally, the ‘thank you’ e-mails really keep it going for me… Of course I love sharing my style and fashion finds with others but I like knowing that there are women and girls out there that enjoy reading it and can sometimes be inspired by it.

What are some qualities you believe a blogger needs to posses? 
Confidence, most importantly. Resilience. Self-motivation. & Very thick skin.
What do you consider your greatest success? 
As far as blogging goes, probably being featured as one of Lauren Conrad’s top 5 ‘fabulous bloggers’! In life itself, I would say completing my MBA in 11 months while working 2 jobs and graduating with a 3.9 GPA. OH! And did that I mention that was when John and I were in the ‘falling in love’ stage. It taught me a lot about myself. I learned just how driven I am and that I could balance all different parts of life and succeed at the same time.

What’s your social media outlet of choice and why? 
Instagram, for sure. I love photos. Always have. I would rather see photos than read and I enjoy sneak peeks into other people’s lives! I enjoy sharing little square moments of my life and my favorite colors, jewels, people, etc.

Thanks Emily! The Sweetest Thing is permanently book marked on my Bloglovin'. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Park Ave to Main Line

It's taking everything, EVERYTHING in me to not spend all of my money on the new Kate Spade 2 Park Avenue Beau Bag! Besides being beau-tiful it also is quite practical with it's large and structured size. While the solid versions always make a good addition to a wardrobe I'm craving the color blocked options. Color blocking may be a hot trend but these bags far exceed the season.

Weren't they made for a Main Line princess?

Monday, September 9, 2013


#NYFW is in full swing and while I haven't made up there yet (not until Wednesday), I've been keeping up on and WWD. After waiting all summer for fall to arrive I now can't wait until Spring 2014. I blame all the fabulous collections!

My favorite so far? Alexander Wang's cool and casual collection. I dream of wearing an outfit that resembles pjs well past bedtime. All you need is a side of confidence. What's your favorite collection so far?